Blakely, Edward Noe, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 112X, USS Shark (SS-314)
Service Years
1934 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Brentwood, West Los Angeles, Ca

Casualty Date
Oct 24, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
South China Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavySubmarine School Officers BasicUSS S-28 (SS-133) USS Tuna (SS-203)
USS Shark (SS-314)
  1934-1936, USS Marblehead (CL-12)
  1936-1937, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1937-1938, Submarine School Officers Basic
  1938-1941, 112X, USS S-28 (SS-133)
  1941-1944, 112X, USS Tuna (SS-203)
  1944-1944, 112X, USS Shark (SS-314)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 USS Tuna (SS-203)/USS TUNA (SS-203) 1st War Patrol
  1942-1942 USS Tuna (SS-203)/USS TUNA (SS-203) 2nd War Patrol
  1942-1942 USS Tuna (SS-203)/USS TUNA (SS-203) 3rd War Patrol
  1942-1942 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Defense of Adak
  1942-1942 USS Tuna (SS-203)/USS TUNA (SS-203) 4th War Patrol
  1943-1943 USS Tuna (SS-203)/USS TUNA (SS-203) 5th War Patrol
  1943-1943 USS Tuna (SS-203)/USS TUNA (SS-203) 6th War Patrol
  1944-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1930-1934, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SHARK was lost during her third war patrol, probably in the vicinity of Luzon Strait, while participating in a coordinated attack group with submarines SEADRAGON (SS-194) and BLACKFISH (SS-221). On 24 October, SEADRAGON received a message from SHARK stating that she had made radar contact with a single freighter, and that she was going to attack. This was the last message received from the submarine, and all subsequent attempts to contact SHARK failed. She was reported as presumed lost on 27 November. According to Japanese records examined after the war, on 24 October 1944, in Luzon Strait, destroyer HARUKAZE made contact with a submerged submarine and dropped depth charges. After losing and regaining the contact, the destroyer dropped another 17 depth charges which resulted in "bubbles, heavy oil, clothes and cork" coming to the surface.

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Edward Noe Blakely (0-073372), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SHARK (SS-314), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine, during the period 16 May 1944 to 17 June 1944, in enemy controlled waters west of the Mariana Islands, his first as Commanding Officer. With daring and aggressive determination in the face of unusually strong and alert enemy escorts, which included both air and surface craft, Commander Blakely skillfully executed three well-planned and brilliantly executed torpedo attacks which resulted in the sinking of our enemy ships for a total of 32,200 tons and damaging of one 5,600 ton freighter. Skillful evasive action enabled him to escape enemy counter-measures and avoid damage to his ship. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Blakely brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Edward Noe Blakely (NSN: 0-73372), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving aboard the U.S.S. TUNA (SS-203), during the FIRST War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy controlled waters from 26 January to 21 March 1942. As an Officer of the Ship's Company he repeatedly gave great aid to the Commanding Officer of the vessel in conducting a commendable patrol under adverse weather conditions and against strong air and surface anti-submarine craft. His calm inspiring demeanor to those serving under him, and his outstanding physical endurance and untiring effort during time of attack and counterattack were of incalculable help in maintaining the crew and vessel in a state of maximum efficiency. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 02010 (July 26, 1944)
Action Date: January 26 - March 21, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: U.S.S. Tuna (SS-203)
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